Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Little Gulls; Bull Island; Dublin; 12th Febuary 2014

A quite amazing days birding,which began early in appalling conditions as the island was lashed by southeasterly gales and driving rain. After visiting Howth looking for northern gulls we arrived at Sutton and parked across from the north tip of the island. Tommy Cooney was driving and within moments we quickly realized there was an exceptional number of Kittiwakes present, they were everywhere. A short while later I remarked that Little Gull must be likely, just as Tom picked up an adult over the surf. More followed and we watched them from the land rover before heading north. More Kittiwakes and Little Gull were noted in south lagoon, indeed by the time we got to the causeway we were seeing storm driven Kittiwake almost landing on the road! Along the road at south lagging we were treated to incredible views of more adult Little Gull as they fed along the roadside. We crossed the wooden bridge on foot as it was closed to traffic, getting soaked by waves. A flock of 6 Little Gulls rested on the sea, lifting up as we passed. On to the Bull Wall where more Little Gulls were added, along with other storm driven species. Auks, Kittiwakes and other gulls were everywhere. By the end of it all we had a minimum count of 26 Little Gull, a site record and certainly there were more involved. Indeed there were 35 along the beach the following day, whilst the 14th saw a remarkable 47 Little Gull recorded by Tom, remarkable birds in quite remarkable weather conditions..

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